Mental Toughness for Freshies

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Mental toughness. It’s only for elite athletes at the top of their game, right? WRONG!  Mental toughness is super important for any athlete at any level (yes, you are an athlete now, sorry to break it to you!) but especially those at the start of their journey. If you can learn how to be mentally strong when you’re a Freshie, …

When You Don’t Make Attendance….

So something new happened to last week. Something I’ve never experienced in roller derby before…. I didn’t make the roster for an upcoming game because I didn’t make attendance. I did the calculations and I think I only missed out by 1 practice. Poop.  This is a first for me because: Kinda crap. But not because I think I’ve been …

10 Tips For Your First Bout

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Tomorrow will be the first game of 2016 for my team. It is also the first game with our new line up. This is a bit of a weird situation to be in – half the team have been bouting for 3 or 4 years and for the other half, this will be their first open game! It’s made me …

Real Talk – How Do You Talk To Yourself?

Hey, you. Freshie. When you don’t achieve something at practice, what does it sound like in your head? Do you say “I can’t do this!” Do you berate yourself and tell yourself how rubbish you are? Do you tell yourself to just give up and go home? Do you use words like useless, pathetic, stupid..? Does this make you feel …

Confession Time

This post is from 2016 I haven’t blogged for a while. Not only because I’ve been away swanning about in California (soz!), but because I just haven’t been feeling it. Not that I don’t enjoy blogging, I love it! I love connecting with you guys and (hopefully) giving something of value. But I just feel like I don’t really have much to …

Why You Must Train Your Brain As Much As Your Body

Mental toughness is just as just as important as physical strength when it comes to sport. When you start fresh meat, you’re learning all these new skills; pushing your body harder than you have before; putting pressure on yourself to pass mins and finding out all about the rules of roller derby. You’re told you need to get stronger and work …